Feeds

Apple to out-ship HP in 2012, say pundits

In mobile computers, at least

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

Apple will next year out-ship HP - if only when it comes to mobile computers - it has been forecast.

The catch, you'll have already guessed, is that media tablet sales have to be included in the total.

Unnamed pundits cited by DigiTimes say Apple could ship 15m MacBooks in 2012. And on a forecast 60m iPads - 75 per cent of the 80m total - and that's Apple mobile shipments of 75m units.

That's a significant figure, but HP, having shipped 40m notebooks in 2010 is expected to ship 45-50m this year, according to the same sources, growth of 12.5 per cent minimum. Even with modest year-on-year growth there - plus sales of the just-launched TouchPad tablet - it's going to be a close-run race.

A consistent year-on-year increase of 12.5 per cent would have HP shipping just over 50m notebooks in 2012. It then needs only tell 15m tablets - 19 per cent of the anticipated market - to beat Apple.

In Q1 2011. According to market watcher Canalys, Apple shipped just under 8.5m iPads and Macs, both portable and desktop. HP shipped almost 14.7m netbooks, notebooks and desktop PCs.

Q2 numbers won't be in for several weeks, but it's hard to imagine that Apple won't increase its market share - up from 9.5 per cent in Q1 - even if it doesn't push past Dell, Acer or HP.

As for Q3, Apple is said to be anticipating shipments of 12-14m iPad 2, having worked its supply chain well in Q2 to ensure it has enough parts to produce sufficient pads for the new quarter.

If Apple does indeed plan to announce the iPad 3 in September, possibly with a view to commencing shipments in October, it will want to maximise iPad 2 sales ahead of the launch. And that is what appears to be happening. ®

Using blade systems to cut costs and sharpen efficiencies

More from The Register

next story
Report: American tech firms charge Britons a thumping nationality tax
Without representation, too. Time for a Boston (Lincs) Macbook Party?
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple ran off to IBM
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Apple gets patent for WRIST-PUTER: iTime for a smartwatch
It does everything a smartwatch should do ... but Apple owns it
Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s
Bigger, harder trouser bulges foretold for fanbois
Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad
Apple's fondleslab is the tablet dermatitis sufferers won't want to take
Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops
Redmond's chief salesman: We're taking 'hard' decisions
For Lenovo US, 8-inch Windows tablets are DEAD – long live 8-inch Windows tablets
Reports it's killing off smaller slabs are greatly exaggerated
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.